Advanced battery technology is becoming a commonplace in
today's energy efficient vehicles. Today's hybrid vehicles make use of
nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and hybrids with advanced lithium-ion
batteries will be hitting U.S. roads within the coming months.
Lithium-ion batteries are also finding their way into
all-electric vehicles like the Tesla
Roadster and the Fisker
Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS). The Tesla roadster can sprint to 60 MPH
in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 MPH. The Fisker HPSS, on the other
hand, will go 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds while its top speed is pegged at 125 MPH.
It looks as though another all-electric vehicle is about to
enter the fray -- Lightning Car Company (LCC) last week unveiled its Lightning GT.
The British car company said that at least one model of its Lightning GT will
have roughly 700 HP available on tap from a Hi-Pa Drive electric powertrain
(consisting of four 120 kW permanent magnet brushless motors) and 36 kW
NanoSafe battery system -- torque figures should also be quite lofty for the
vehicle given the intense twisting force available with electric motors.
The high-performance version of the Lightning GT will dash
to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds. LCC claims that a less powerful,
extended-range model will have a driving range of 250 miles -- expect the range
for the 700 HP version to be far less.
The sleek Lightning GT will feature a lightweight body
constructed of Kevlar composites and carbon fiber. The vehicle features a
tubular spaceframe backbone chassis, while 20" cast aluminum wheels
connect to the independent front and rear suspension.
LCC is currently taking £15,000 ($30,000 USD) deposits for
those looking to get their hands on a Lightning GT. The full price for the
vehicle is reported to be in the $300,000 USD range -- about three times that
of the Tesla Roadster.